Monday, October 27, 2008

Getting Moving!

This past week we feel like we have really made a jump in progress towards getting further accustomed to our new culture and making Mexico our home. Thursday and Friday we were able to get away from Leon and go to Guanajuato for an extended date and time to reflect on the nearly three months we've been here. We were able to see not one but two dance performances (one by Pilobolus), relax, look back, and look forward. Not only was it a time we needed to simply be together but we know God used it to bring peace to us.
Before coming to Mexico, we learned that our hardest moments of adjusting to a new culture are when our expectations do not meet reality. We now know this is true. We have a new perspective and more realistic expectations after our time in Guanajuato and, more importantly, more peace. We are becoming more plugged in to the pulse and ministries of the church and have begun to forge some friendships with some great people. Saturday we had the humbling honor of being invited by Pastor Carlos to the leadership meeting for the church. We are excited that he has invited us and look forward to this time of learning more about the church and where God is taking it.
Josh was also honored to have the opportunity to preach in Irapuato (a city about an hour from Leon) on Sunday on the Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven. After the service we were able to have lunch with Pastor Martin (the pastor of the church in Irapuato and the President of the WGM church in Mexico) and his family, Bill and Lydia Allshouse (our field directors and friends who minister in Irapuato), and Dany and Carminda (new missionaries in Irapuato to Honduras. We truly had an enjoyable day with them and look forward to going back!
Monday we start language school in Guanajuato. Please join us in prayer that we will be able to study well and pick up the language quickly!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Change of Plans

Hello praying friends!

Thanks so much for praying for us and sending us encouraging e-mails. We love getting e-mail and kind words from you all. They make our day!

This week was not an easy one, but we are hopeful. We were working with a local university for our language program, but unfortunately it wasn't working out and we will have to find another arrangement. It doesn't look like there is good place for us to take language classes here in Leon. So most likely we will have to travel daily to the nearby city of Guanajuato where there are several language schools. This week we are hoping to pick one. Would you please join us in prayer as we look for a school and try and figure out which one is the best option. Having to change our language program is not ideal, but we think it will be better in the long run.

Also, we are getting to know more people and building relationships in and outside the church. It has taken longer than we expected to make friends, but slowly we are feeling more at home. Thanks for praying for us in this area as well. Please continue to pray for us as we build relationships and get involved in our church.

*The pictures were taken from a high point over looking the city of Leon. This is the huge city we live in.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Apartment Pictures

Hello All! Several of you mentioned wanting to see some pictures of our apartment. So here they are. We were able to get all our furniture here for a very reasonable price. =)